SEM Timeline

  • Sep 1, 1550

    Intro Of Outdoor

  • Fashion Race Course

    The first known game in which fans paid to attend was held at Fashion Race Course in Queens, New YorK. It was a baseball game between two teams in the New York City area.
  • Ncaa

    The National Collegiate Atheltic Association was officially formed to govern collegiate athletics.
  • Development Of Recording

    Development of recording of sound on motion picture film.
  • First Commercial Radio

    The first commercial radio stations with regularly scheduled broadcasts were heard.
  • RCA

    RCA establishes the National Broadcasting Company (NBC)
  • Farnsworth

    Farnsworth transmits first electronic television picture; receives patent.
  • Columbia Broadcasting System

    The Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) was founded.
  • Stock Market Crash

    Approximately three-fourths of amusement parks close. The Stock Market Crash leads to the Great Depression.
  • Lou Gehrig

    Lou Gehrig became the first athlete ever to appear on a Wheaties box.
  • First television

    First television is sold.
  • Girl Pro Baseball

    The All American girls professional baseball league was formed while many major league baseball players were serving in WWII.
  • Televisions

    Televisions are in over 1,000,000 homes
  • First Endorsement Deal For Female

    The first major endorsement deal for a feamle athlete. Wilson Sporting Goods signed golfer Babe Didrikson Zaharias to an endorsement contract worth 100,000 per year
  • Color television

    Color television is introduced
  • Disneyland

    Disneyland in Anaheim, California opens costing $17 million to build. The first national theme park drew 3.8 million visitors the first season.
  • 100 million television sets

    Over 100 million television sets can be found in homes around the world.
  • First Six Flags

    First Six Flags opens in Texas, the first regional theme park.
  • Blue Ribbon Sports

    Blue Ribbon Sports, an atheletic footwear company, was founded by Philip H. Knight. In 1972, this company becomes Nike.
  • Magic KIngdom

    The Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida opens costing nearly $375 million to build.
  • Title IX

    Title IX is enacted, mandating equal access to educational opportunities for men and women. This legislation creates new opportunities for women in sports as athletes, coaches and administrators.
  • Rich Foods

    Rich Foods becomes the first company to pay for the right to have their name on a venue. Rich Foods agreed to pay $60,000/year for the naming rights to the Buffalo Bills football stadium.
  • U.S. Boycott

    The United States boycotts the Summer Olympics in Moscow.
  • CNN

    CNN is launched by Turner Cable Network. It is the first all news network.
  • Chrales and Diana

    Prince Charles and Diana Spencer are married on international television.
  • IBM

    The first IBM-Personal Computers (PC’s) are available for retail.
  • MTV

    Music Television (MTV) debuts.
  • Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson's "Thriller" sells 20 million albums to become the largest selling record ever.
  • comapctv disc

    The first compact disc is released.
  • Olympics

    The Olympics became commercialized, and made profitable for the first time under the leadership of Peter Ueberoth.
  • Nintendo

    Nintendo home entertainment system is introduced.
  • Time Warner

    Time and Warner merge to become Time Warner Inc.
  • First Televison Program

    First television program delivered via the Internet (webcast).
  • Olympic Park

    The Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia is bombed.